Operations and access

Key information about how we're operating at the current alert level—campus access, health services, and the delivery of teaching and learning.

This page was last updated on 19 October 2021.

All of Aotearoa New Zealand is at alert level 2 except for Auckland and parts of Waikato, which are at alert level 3.

Find out how the University operates at each alert level


Wellington is now at alert level 2, and teaching and assessment is being delivered in-person and online.

Trimester 3 will begin on 8 November.

Find out about returning to Halls of Residence from an alert level 3 area.

Access to campus

All campuses will remain closed to the public at alert level 2, but students and staff are welcome.

  • It is mandatory to scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app, with Bluetooth turned on, as you move through campus. There will be a greater number of QR codes throughout the University buildings and in learning and teaching spaces.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1 metre in learning and teaching spaces.
  • Wearing a face covering is strongly recommended for staff and students in teaching and learning spaces, but is not mandatory except in public-facing areas. These areas include Mauri Ora (Student Health), the University Pharmacy, the University Recreation Centre, the Adam Art Gallery, and retailers on campus.

From Monday 4 October, all our campus libraries are open:

  • From 8 am until midnight Monday to Friday
  • From 10 am until 10 pm during the weekend
  • Our Kelburn campus is open for the same hours as the Library.

Please stay home if you are unwell and adhere to the hygiene practices advised by the Ministry of Health when you are at work. You can find more information about these principles on the Ministry of Health's website.

University to trial new contact tracing technology

The University will be taking part in a trial of Near Field Communication (NFC) tags as an alternative to QR code scanning. The trial is being run by the Ministry of Health for three weeks from Monday 4 October.

The NFC tags will be installed on all QR code posters around the University. You will need to download the latest version of the NZ COVID Tracer app to take part.

To register the NFC tag's location, you only need to hold your smartphone near the tag. Your phone should then vibrate and a green success screen will confirm a successful diary entry (similar to when you scan a QR code). iPhone users will need to tap on a notification to complete the diary entry step.

It is hoped that the use of NFC technology will remove some of the barriers to scanning QR codes and make the NZ COVID Tracer app more accessible for people with disabilities.

Vaccination information

Students can book an appointment via Book My Vaccine, either at Mauri Ora (Student Health and Counselling) or at a community vaccination centre. Non-registered patients can book to have their vaccine at Mauri Ora by using code NCU5CZJAX.

Find out more on Mauri Ora’s website

University Pharmacy

The University Pharmacy on the Kelburn campus is open during alert level 2, between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday, for all staff and students. You will need to scan in and wear a mask when visiting. The University Pharmacy can be contacted by phone (04 472 8881) or email unichemuniversity@outlook.co.nz.

Student Health and Counselling

You can access Mauri Ora (Student Health and Counselling) services at all alert levels.

Learn about Mauri Ora operations at the current alert level

Teaching and learning

Learning and teaching is currently 'dual delivery'—delivered both in-person and online.

Capacity for in-person teaching in larger lecture theatres has been revised to 200 people with physical distancing of 1 metre.

Dual delivery means that those of you who cannot get to campus can continue to study and use our services. This includes those students in Auckland where alert level 3 continues, those overseas, and those who are unable to come to campus for health or other personal reasons.

Find out more about learning and teaching at alert level 2 and at the other alert levels.

University operations at different alert levels

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington continues to follow all protocols and advice from the Ministry of Health and the government, and take all possible actions against the virus.

Find out more about how we operate at the different alert levels

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